Suite from Façade - An Entertainment' - William Walton
arranged for Concert Band by Paul Noble

The "Suite from Façade - An Entertainment" presents a new opportunity for Concert Bands to experience an important piece in the history of music. Begun in 1921, William Walton set about composing music to accompany a recitation of poetry. The original music was written for five instruments, later expanded to six. The Reciter spoke through a megaphone. The poems were very new creations by Edith Sitwell, stirring quite a controversy at the time. As many as forty-three numbers were composed between 1921 and 1928. The numbers have been added to, some discarded, and some revised. Now an edition published by Oxford University Press contains twenty-one numbers of the original Façade: An Entertainment, eight additional numbers in Façade 2, and an Appendix containing four additional numbers.

Over the years a few movements have been arranged for band, but without the important Reciter part. Those are now out of print. Also, some of the numbers have been adapted for full orchestra, again without the Reciter parts. Therefore, this edition for Concert Band is unique to the repertoire.

Paul Noble has selected eight of the movements to comprise the Suite, offering a delightful variety of style: fanfare, march, tango, polka, waltz, ballad, fox trot, and finale to round out the fourteen minute suite. Since the computer does not record speech with the music, Dr. Noble has received permission from Arabesque Recordings, LLC to include the parallel performance of each movement as recorded on their CD: Façade: An Entertanment; Façade 2, A Further Entertainment, Arabesque Recording No. Z6699, performed by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, David Shifrin, Artistic Director, with Lynn Redgrave, Reciter. With these recordings added to the website, one can listen to the original work, and then can listen to the Concert Band arrangement, hearing how the piece sounds without the Reciter, and imagining the Reciter part added to the arrangements.

The Concert Band arrangements are written to be faithful representations of the original compositions, expanding only as it may be suggested in the original works. The arrangements are written for full ensemble, but because of considerable doubling, the arrangements may be successfully performed with a smaller ensemble. The arrangements are also written in a way that they may be successfully performed without the Reciter, though this is not the desired performance method. Some groups may choose to use two reciters for variety, but the reciter is the essence of the suite. Obviously, the separate movements of the Suite may be performed individually if desired. Now with the luxury of electronics, a balance can be achieved with any size ensemble.

More information may be found on-line, and several performances with the original ensemble configuration are available to view. It is hoped that many bands will choose this work to share with their audiences some of the valuable steps in the history of music.
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Suite from 'Façade - An Entertainment, in eight movements       View       14:00    Adv.    US$200.00          Purchase 
William Walton, arranged by Paul Noble
                                                                                          Arabesque Recording                Band Arrangement                          Live Performance
                                                                                        (Professional recording)      (Computer-generated sound)     Lambeth (U.K.) Wind Orchestra
1.  Fanfare

2.  Hornpipe (Sailors come)

3.  Tango-Pasodoble

4.  Polka

5.  Valse

6.  Jodelling Song

7.  Popular Song

8.  Sir Beelzebub

The parallel recordings are included to give the listener the full benefit of how the arrangements sound with the original instrumentation in a studio recording, the band without the Reciter, and a live performance with Reciters, courtesy the Lambeth Wind Orchestra, London, John Holland, Conductor  See their website:http://www.lambethwindorchestra.org.uk/.

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Investiture Dances- Alun Hoddinott                                                          View       8:30  Med. Adv.    US$75.00        Purchase
1.  Allegro 
2.  Andante
3.  Presto
These dances were written to commemorate the Investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales, at Caernarfon Castle, in July 1969. Written to a commission from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (who premiered this work on 22 June 1969), the "Investiture Dances" are based on characteristics of Welsh folk music rather than specific pre-existing tunes.  

Band directors will find the "Investiture Dances" to be completely idiomatic of the Concert Band, with the music appropriate for concert and festival performance.  The arrangement offers consistent performance requirements for all sections of the band, with exciting percussion interest.  Each movement is based on the mixolydian mode, and are in a key compatible to wind instruments. 
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Four Welsh Dances (Set 1)                                                                          View      8:30       Adv.          US$75.00          Purchase
Alun Hoddinott
 1. Moderato
 2. Presto
 3. Lento
 4. Allegro

Alun Hoddinott (1929-2008) was one of the few Welsh composers whose work is well known outside Wales, and one of the most versatile and prolific British composers of all time. His works have been performed in major centres as far afield as Tokyo and Berlin, Melbourne and Leipzig, New York and Venice as well as the major festivals in Wales and England. He is one of the very few composers to have been commissioned to compose a concerto for Mstislav Rostropovitch. He wrote in a wide variety of forms, and at such an astonishing rate that one wag among his compatriots famously referred to him as the only composer in Europe who could write music faster than it could be played. His prodigious energy went into the making of operas, symphonies, sinfoniettas, sonatas, concertos, oratorios, fugues, motets, film music, dance suites and cantatas, as well as a large number of chamber, vocal and choral works. This protean fluency and versatility prompted none less than Sir Charles Groves to draw a comparison between Hoddinott and Haydn. In 2004, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales undertook a year-long season of Hoddinott's work to celebrate the composer's 75th birthday. In 2005, Hoddinott produced a fanfare to be performed at the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, to Camilla Parker Bowles, having previously written works to celebrate Prince Charles' 16th birthday and his investiture. In March 2007 the BBC announced that the new home of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales was to be named BBC Hoddinott Hall.

As head of the Music Department at Cardiff, one of the largest in the United Kingdom, Alun Hoddinott played a leading role in introducing audiences to the work of modern composers. From 1976 the Cardiff Festival of Twentieth Century Music, of which he was founder and artistic director, commissioned and performed new works by Britten, Tippett, Walton, Messiaen, Maxwell-Davies and many others  - more than 200 in all. The festival has done much to awaken public interest in modern art music in Wales, a country in which the amateur and folk traditions have for long reigned supreme.

Alun Hoddinott's music is characterised by immense energy and rhythmic drive, and often by lush instrumental colour. Although elements of his musical language are derived from the techniques of Schnberg, his works never abandon tonality and are more NeoRomantic than Modernist. His 1958 Welsh Dances are short, pithy and laced with zest. The second in particular is a charmer, especially zesty, and its scoring is deftly apposite for its purpose, the Arnoldian tinges quite clear.
It is also well-suited for Concert Band performance with so much colour that one scarcely misses the strings. This set of dances will be an important addition to the repertoire of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles.
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